TSUKIJI COOKING - Have Fun Making Authentic Japanese Food In Tsukiji!

TSUKIJI COOKING - Have Fun Making Authentic Japanese Food In Tsukiji!

Tokyo 2017.03.17

At Tsukiji market, Japan’s largest fish market, you can learn how to make Japanese dishes such as sushi, miso soup, and so on. We’d like to introduce TSUKIJI COOKING, a cooking class with English speaking instructors.

Translated by Richard Perkins

Written by Sawada Tomomi

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Japanese cuisine has been designated an intangible cultural asset by UNESCO. On top of being healthy and delicious, Japanese food is beautifully presented, looking almost as if it were edible art. This food from the land of the rising sun is gaining a lot of attention around the world.

At Tsukiji market, known for being Japan’s largest fish market, you can learn how to make Japanese food at the popular TSUKIJI COOKING workshop. This is a Japanese cooking class designed with non-Japanese speakers in mind, with classes being taught in English. This is a cooking class that’s quickly becoming popular with visitors to Japan. Here you can learn not only how to make sushi and traditional foods made in Japanese households, but they also touch upon how to easily make dishes such as tempura (vegetables or fish dipped in batter and deep-fried).

Taking on the Challenge of Filleting a Horse Mackerel!

The menu for this day was finely chopped raw horse mackerel, two types of sushi, and miso soup with raw seaweed. The menu of this course was decided based on what the instructors bought at the market that day.


After putting on an apron bearing the TSUKIJI COOKING logo, the class begins. Aprons and everything that you need to cook with is provided, so those taking part in the class don’t need to worry about bringing anything with them.


Photo provided by: TSUKIJI COOKING

Using the fresh horse mackerel that was bought at the fish market, the participants on this day made finely chopped raw horse mackerel. The glossy surface of the fish is proof of its freshness. The ingredients used in this cooking class all come from the Tsukiji market.

At TSUKIJI COOKING, participants start with the cutting and trimming of a fish. On this particular day, none of the participants had ever had the experience of cutting and trimming a fish before. The instructor went into great detail about how to properly prepare a fish, so all the participants were able to skillfully cut and trim the horse mackerel. The pace in which the class is taught at depends on the progress of the participants, so even those who don’t usually cook can take part in this class with ease.


Once the disposal of the small bones is complete, you then chop the horse mackerel together with the leaf of a beefsteak plant, ginger, and spring onions. The adding of these ingredients and chopping them together is what makes the finely chopped raw horse mackerel ‘finely chopped’. By skillfully using a kitchen knife the delicious looking raw horse mackerel is complete.

Learning How to Make Miso Soup - Japan’s Most Common Household Food


Next is miso soup. Miso soup is one of the most popular dishes at TSUKIJI COOKING. Miso soup that has had time and effort put into being made is a dish that apparently all participants are fond of. Even when making a dish such as miso soup, making the soup stock using bonito flakes and kelp, adding the ingredients at the right time, there’s a lot to remember. If you take notes and or photos, then you can make miso soup and other dishes that you learned here at home. On this day, raw seaweed was used in the miso soup. In order not to loose the seashore like smell, it’s best that you add the seaweed just before eating it.

The Most Popular Lesson - Making Sushi


Photo provided by: TSUKIJI COOKING

The last dish made on this day was sushi. It seems as if there are quite a number of people who participate in TSUKUJI COOKING who look forward to being able to make sushi. This time participants made two different kinds of sushi, a bite-sized sushi ball known as temarizushi and rolled sushi known as makizushi. First, the indispensable shari (the rice of the sushi) is prepared. When fanned the shari acquires a shine and becomes even more delicious, so all the participants used a round fan and fanned the rice.


First, the participants took on the challenge of making temarizushi. You take a topping for a sushi ball and place it one top of one of the round shari (sushi rice) with a bit of wasabi. You then wrap it in clingfilm and roll it into a ball. And there you have it! The cute, round temarizushi is complete. This is one dish that seems easy enough to make at home.


Next is makizushi. There were many people who seemed to be fighting an uphill battle with this dish; the rolled sushi just wouldn’t become a beautiful looking cylinder. On top of seaweed you place the shari along with they different ingredients and roll it up.

At Last it’s Complete!


Photo provided by: TSUKIJI COOKING


Once you’ve beautifully arranged the food on the plate, you’re finished. On this particular day the food was superb, along with what the participants made there were also grilled scallops and dishes that included daikon (Japanese white radish). In Japan, you say itadakimasu before eating a meal, once you’ve finished gazing at the delicious looking meal.

Itadakimasu comes from the word itadaku, which is a polite way to say ‘to receive’. In Japan, it’s good manners to say this phrase before eating, as it shows reverence for the food you're eating.


Everyone was fully satisfied with how the food turned out and how it tasted. The conversations between everyone became quite lively and it was a fun cooking class all around.

At TSUKIJI COOKING they don’t just teach you how to make sushi and other traditional Japanese household foods, but they also teach how to make dishes aimed towards vegetarians and a number of other dishes too.

TSUKIJI COOKING is a class taught in English in where you can have fun making Japanese food. The instructors give you the recipes for the food that you made, so you can make the same dishes again at home. They also offer tours of the Tsukiji market before the cooking class begins. Feel free to have a look at the official website for more information.


Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Tsukiji 6-22-3, 6th floor
Hours: Please have a look at their website
Wi-fi: Yes
Credit card: Yes
Multilingual: English
Nearest Station: Tsukiji-Shijo Station (Toei Oedo line), Tsukiji Station (Hibiya Line)
Access: A 5 minute walk from Tsukiji-Shijo Station, an 8 minute walk from Tsukiji Station
Price range: from 6480 yen
Phone number: 080-5966-4378

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